James Windell, M.A., teaches criminal justice classes at Wayne State University and Oakland University.

Previously he was a court clinical psychologist with the Oakland County (Michigan) Circuit Court’s Psychological Clinic for more than 25 years where he conducted group therapy with delinquent adolescents and co-led the high-conflict post-divorce group ADEPT. He was a probation officer in the juvenile court and a supervisor in Oakland County Youth Assistance, a delinquency prevention program. As a psychotherapist, he specialized in work with disruptive and oppositional children and teens.

He taught parent training classes for more than 30 years, and a discipline skills training class he developed for parents of delinquents was awarded the Outstanding Education Program by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

As an author, Mr. Windell has written more than 20 books, and his recent criminal justice books include a new edition of his Student’s Guide to Writing a Criminal Justice Research Paper (Kendall-Hunt, 2012) and The American Criminal Justice System (Cognella, 2013). The book Looking Back in Crime will be published by CRC Press in early 2015.

Mr. Windell earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Oakland University (Rochester, MI). He has been a consultant to various juvenile court programs, the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Social Services, and to daycare and preschool programs. He has run parenting classes at the Haven, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Pontiac, MI. He is the editor of the Michigan Psychologist, the newsletter for the Michigan Psychological Association.

He lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with his wife Jane and two dogs.


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